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Wednesday, February 12 2014

‘Good Times’: Ain’t We Lucky We Got ‘Em?

The truth is that Good Times is an excellent and remarkably funny show. The irony of the show and its title continues to resonate.


‘The Phantom of the Opera’ Is Unsettling and Imbued with a Dense and Shadowy Gothic Atmosphere

This wonderful HD restoration of Universal's horror classic reiterates the brilliance of Lon Chaney's grotesque creation.


Tuesday, February 11 2014

‘Sherlock’ and the Case of the Changing, Challenging Identities

The third season of Sherlock becomes much more meta and challenges the very concept of who Sherlock Holmes is, and suggests change is indeed in the (east) wind.


‘Night of the Demons’ Does Schlock Right

Horror fans need to pick this one up, even if the '80s seems like a black hole of bad sequels and a morass of bad ideas.


Monday, February 10 2014

‘The White Queen’ Is the War of the Roses, from the Women’s Point of View

Battles and beheadings, letters sent and lost, dungeons and plenty of who-can-you-trust moments. The White Queen is a whopping good time.


A Night at the Movies with Marty

In terms of historical importance and pure cinematic thrills, Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project will be practically impossible to surpass.


Friday, February 7 2014

Many Controls but No Master: ‘I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition’

The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.


Thursday, February 6 2014

‘Blue Jasmine’ Is Woody Allen’s Greatest Tragedy

Tennessee Williams sent his Blanche du Bois into the abyss, Woody Allen sends his Jasmine to the magical world where she always longed to be.


Yield to Dilbert’s Technical Superiority

The 2014 re-release of the complete Dilbert series looks and sounds good and is bargain priced, but has none of the extras of the 2004 release.


Wednesday, February 5 2014

‘Thanks for Sharing’ Fails to Shed Light on Sexual Addiction

Thanks for Sharing doesn't dissect its protagonists and explore the complexity of their addictive personalities. So why should we care?


‘The Beast of Hollow Mountain’ & ‘The Neanderthal Man’ Offer Plenty of Hokey Fun

For fans of '50s sci-fi silliness, the dinosaur may grab your attention, but that other movie is the better one.


Tuesday, February 4 2014

Life, Death, and All the Rest of the Early AIDS Crisis

Dallas Buyers Club works because it doesn't over-sentimentalize its subject, and for that reason alone, it has quite the emotional impact.


If Only ‘Adore’ Were as Wonderful as Its Two Leading Ladies

Anne Fontaine seems merely satisfied with having her movie linger between scandal and hedonism.


Monday, February 3 2014

Darkness Comes to ‘Downton’

Season 4 of Downton Abbey is suddenly like the British aristocracy’s version of Breaking Bad.


‘Hail Mary’ and ‘For Ever Mozart’, for Better or Worse

Both Hail Mary and For Ever Mozart present us with Godard at the peak of his powers as a provocateur and a master of the medium.


The ‘Mad Dogs’ Are Fast on a Road to Nowhere

The desperate foursome are running from themselves and don't notice the Afrikaans sign, ‘Oppad na nerens'. ‘On the road to nowhere’.


Friday, January 31 2014

Ain’t Life Just Like That?

Sure, Treme is about the sacred, but you can’t have the sacred without the engine of the profane motoring things along, and there’s nothing more profane than money.


Thursday, January 30 2014

The Beginning (and End?) of Ender on Film

Ender's Game asks a lot of the audience in the areas of suspension of disbelief and character development, but when the film delivers, it can be satisfying.


On the Sex, Drugs and Dopplegangers in ‘Plus One’

If Superbad and The World's End had a lovechild raised by H.G. Wells and Leatherface, it would be the emotionally charged Plus One.


Wednesday, January 29 2014

‘Blue Caprice’ Is Not a Movie About Killing

Tequan Richmond gives a chilling and authentic performance, with all the tenderness of youth, and all the brutality that resides in the darkest corners of the mind.


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